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  • EPA strengthens smog standard

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency today proposed the strictest health standards to date for smog. Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is linked to a number of serious health problems, ranging from aggravation of asthma to increased risk of premature death in people with heart or lung disease. Ozone can even harm healthy people who work and play outdoors. The agency is ...

  • EPA Lowers Ozone Standard

    The EPA has lowered the ozone standard from 75ppb to 70ppb effective in 2018 based on a three year standard.  This forces counties across the country to lower their ozone amounts as of January 1, 2016. If counties do not start to lower their ozone levels as of January 2016 they could face not having a low enough average over the three years to be complaint with the new 70ppb ...


    By Ormantine USA Ltd., Inc.

  • Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA to propose stricter smog standard

    Coming full circle on a campaign promise, the Obama administration will propose Wednesday to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, which has been linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems. The stricter standard makes good on a pledge President Barack Obama made during his first campaign for the White ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA finalizes 2011 renewable fuel standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel under the agency’s renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) amended the Clean Air Act to greatly increase the total required volume of renewable fuels each year, reaching a level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To ...

  • Proposed EPA air toxics standards for PVC production

    On April 15, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to update emissions limits for air toxics from polyvinyl chloride production (PVC production). The proposal requires facilities that produce PVC to reduce emissions of harmful toxic airemissions, improving air quality, and protecting public health in communities where these facilities are located. Exposure to toxic air ...


    By Golden Specialty, Inc.

  • EPA finalizes 2012 renewable fuel standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA continues to support greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation sector every year through the RFS2 program, which encourages innovation, strengthens American energy security, and ...

  • EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions. The rules will require for the first time that refineries install air monitors along "fence lines" where pollution enters neighboring communities. The monitors will measure levels of benzene and ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Proposes Water Quality Standards for Washington State

    EPA has proposed a rule that revises the current federal Clean Water Act human health water quality criteria applicable to waters under the state of Washington’s jurisdiction. The proposed rule would ensure that the criteria are set at levels that will adequately protect fish consumers in Washington from exposure to toxic pollutants. To protect fish consumers in Washington, including tribes ...

  • EPA proposes standards to protect Florida’s waters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing water quality standards to protect people’s health, aquatic life and the long term recreational uses of Florida’s waters, which are a critical part of the state’s economy. In 2009, EPA entered into a consent decree with the Florida Wildlife Federation to propose limits to this pollution. The proposed action, released for public comment ...

  • Can congress thwart EPA’s emission standards proposal?

    Late last month, the day after the U.S.’s 111th Congress officially adjourned, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson announced that, despite the fact lawmakers failed to pass President Barack Obama’s ambitious energy bill, the organization would tackle climate change within its own means ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina. With each disaster, environmentalists sounded alarms and called for the byproduct of burning coal to be treated as hazardous ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Seeks Early Input on Standards for Airborne Lead

    EPA is seeking early comments on policy options the agency is considering as it reviews the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead.  The United States has made tremendous progress in reducing lead concentrations in the outdoor air. Average lead concentrations in the air have dropped a dramatic 96 percent since 1980, primarily as a result of the ban on lead in motor vehicle ...

  • EPA announces it will reconsider national smog standards

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced the agency would reconsider the 2008 national smog standards to ensure they are scientifically sound and protective of human health. Smog, which is also known as ground level ozone, has been linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses. “This is one of the most important protection measures we can take to ...

  • EPA proposes new clean air standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed nationwide clean air standards to address a range of hazardous air pollutants discharged from industrial, commercial and institutional boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. EPA estimates the standards would prevent between 2,000 and 5,000 premature deaths and about 36,000 asthma attacks each year. "EPA"s proposal ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • EPA proposes stringent standards for large ships

    The Environmental Protection Agency today announced the next steps in a coordinated strategy to slash harmful emissions from ocean-going vessels. EPA is proposing a rule under the Clean Air Act that sets tough engine and fuel standards for U.S. flagged ships that would harmonize with international standards and lead to significant air quality improvements throughout the country. “These emissions ...

  • EPA Announces 2008 Renewable Fuels Standard

    Today, the EPA is setting a new renewable fuels standard (RFS) of 4.66 percent to meet the 2005 Energy Policy Act's mandate that at least 5.4 billion gallons of renewable fuels be blended into transportation gasoline in 2008. Based on the standard, each party determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its motor vehicle fuel. The standard for 2007 was 4.02 ...

  • EPA strengthens air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a new national air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). This new one-hour standard will protect millions of Americans from peak short-term exposures, which primarily occur near major roads. Short-term exposures to NO2 have been linked to impaired lung function and increased respiratory infections, especially in people with asthma. ...

  • NFU Disappointed in EPA’s 2014 RFS Standards

    National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements: “We are deeply disappointed in EPA’s apparent willingness to reduce total renewable fuel requirements based on the oil industry’s fictitious ‘blend ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • EPA proposes 2011 renewable fuel standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency"s Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual renewable fuel volume targets, reaching an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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